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    • Devin Harris hurts right hand, getting X-rays
      Devin Harris hurt his right hand on Thursday and is getting X-rays.

      Advice: The injury occurred late in the game and hopefully Harris is going to be OK. If he does need to miss time, J.J. Barea and maybe Raymond Felton would get more playing time. There's no need to make a speculative add, though. Harris finished with seven points, three rebounds and two steals on Thursday. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 10:31 pm
    • Dorell Wright scores eight in 13 minutes
      Dorell Wright scored eight points in 13 minutes during Thursday's 94-75 win over the Mavs, adding one rebound, one assist and two 3-pointers.

      Advice: With Wes Matthews (Achilles) out for the season, Wright might step up. However, we've seen this movie before with role players for Stotts. Basically, Arron Afflalo is going to step into Matthews' minutes while Wright, Alonzo Gee, C.J. McCollum and Steve Blake will get Afflalo's 27 minutes. Wright isn't worth owning in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 10:29 pm
    • Damian Lillard scores 14 points in win
      Damian Lillard turned it around late against the Mavs on Thursday during a 94-75 win, finishing with 14 points, six rebounds, five assists, two steals and two 3-pointers in 31 minutes.

      Advice: He did turn the ball over five times and his scoring still wasn't quite right after going 1-of-13 from the field on Wednesday. Lillard has gone on slumps before, but now the Blazers are going to need him even more with Wesley Matthews (Achilles) going down. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 10:24 pm
    • Wesley Matthews suffers torn left Achilles
      Wesley Matthews suffered a torn left Achilles tendon on Thursday and will miss the rest of the season.

      Advice: Ugh. Matthews was leading the NBA in 3-pointers just last month and has been a big reason why the Blazers are looking for a top-four seed in the Western Conference. He has the nickname Ironman because he had a consecutive games played streak of 250 earlier in his career and now his 142 consecutive games played streak will come to an end. This is a crippling blow for Matthews who will enter free agency coming off a bad injury. We're rooting for him to be out on the court in October. Arron Afflalo should be owned in all standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 10:13 pm
       
      Injured
      W, 94-75 vs Dal
    • Nicolas Batum grabs season-high 12 boards
      Nicolas Batum grabbed a season-high 12 boards against the Mavericks on Thursday with 15 points, six assists, one block and two 3-pointers.

      Advice: A healthy Batum is going to offset the loss of Wesley Matthews (foot). Batum has suddenly become the player his fantasy owners were hoping for, averaging 12.2 points, 6.2 boards, 6.2 dimes, 1.0 blocks, 1.2 steals and 2.2 treys on 48.8 percent from the field and 100 percent from the line. If you bought low, pat yourself on the back. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 10:09 pm
    • Arron Afflalo plays 29 minutes in a victory
      Arron Afflalo didn't play well against the Mavs on Thursday, making 2-of-9 from the field for six points with three rebounds and two assists in 29 minutes.

      Advice: Unfortunately for the Blazers, Wesley Matthews (Achilles) is out for the season. That means Afflalo is likely looking at minutes in the 30s and he should resume Matthews' role as a floor-spacing trey man. The Blazers are second in the NBA an 3-point attempts on the season and Afflalo is a career 39 percent shooter from deep, so it makes sense for him to play big minutes. He should be owned in all standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 10:06 pm
    • Dirk Nowitzki looks slow on Thursday
      Dirk Nowitzki looked a little tired against the Blazers on Thursday during a 94-75 loss with 10 points on 5-of-13 from the field, adding four rebounds and one steal in 27 minutes.

      Advice: He just doesn't look right. In his last five, Nowitzki made just 41.5 percent from the field for averages of 13.2 points, 6.4 boards, 1.4 assists and 1.4 treys. Owner Mark Cuban has said before he's totally fine with resting guys, so there is a very good chance Dirk sits in a road game at Golden State tomorrow. His owners will have to check back. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 10:02 pm
    • Tyson Chandler scores four with 14 boards
      Tyson Chandler returned from a hip injury on Thursday with four points, 14 rebounds, one assist, one steal and one block in 28 minutes.

      Advice: He looked fine despite having one of his worst shooting games, making 1-of-4 from the field. It's a good sign to see Chandler already close to 30 minutes after missing three games, so he should have a better performance against the Warriors on Friday. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 9:59 pm
    • Rajon Rondo flirts with a triple-double
      Rajon Rondo flirted with a triple-double against the Blazers on Thursday with 10 points, seven rebounds, nine assists, one steal and four turnovers no 5-of-13 from the field.

      Advice: He hit a couple jumpers in the fourth quarter and perhaps the Dallas shooting coach is helping him there. Rondo is going to be a huge reclamation project and made just 30.8 percent of his mid-range shots before tonight this season. His fantasy owners have to be hoping better lines are on the way. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 9:57 pm
    • POR concerned of serious Wes Matthews injury
      The Blazers are significantly concerned about the seriousness of a lower leg injury to Wesley Matthews (leg) and he will have an MRI.

      Advice: It doesn't sound good. There are a lot of things that went wrong and based on the TNT report that Matthews was banging his fist on his way to the locker room suggests that the training staff gave him some bad news. Hopefully this is wrong about one of the easiest guys to root for in the NBA, but he could be out for the season. Arron Afflalo should be picked up in all leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 9:31 pm
       
      Injured
      W, 94-75 vs Dal
    • Wesley Matthews (left foot) will not return
      Wesley Matthews suffered a left foot injury on Thursday and will not return.

      Advice: He could not put any weight on it following a non-contact injury and had the training staff help him to the locker room. It didn't look like he rolled his ankle, which means he could have suffered some sort of Achilles issue. The TNT report suggested Matthews is going to be out for some time, so go ahead and add Arron Afflalo in all standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 9:07 pm
       
      Injured
      W, 94-75 vs Dal
    • E'Twaun Moore scores 19, makes game-winner
      E'Twaun Moore was the unlikeliest hero of the night and drilled a game-winning 3-pointer with one second left to beat the Thunder 108-105 on Thursday, finishing with 19 points, four rebounds, two steals, one block and no turnovers.

      Advice: He had a career high in scoring and made 9-of-10 from the field. Moore also did a bang-up job on Russell Westbrook late in the game and he's likely going to be earning his minutes. The Bulls are going to need someone to play shooting guard and it might be Moore, which mean there will be less minutes for Tony Snell, Aaron Brooks and Kirk Hinrich. He's still going to need to do it again because he scored a combined three points in his previous nine games. Just keep an eye on him in deep leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 8:10 pm
    • Dion Waiters cools off against the Bulls
      Dion Waiters came back to Earth on Thursday against the Bulls with six points, one rebound and three assists in 26 minutes on 3-of-10 from the field.

      Advice: He had his first 20-10 game on Wednesday and had nowhere to go but down. For some reason, Waiters continues to think taking isolation shots are a more efficient way to score than anything that Russell Westbrook or even Kevin Durant can provide. He's not worth owning in most leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 7:49 pm
    • Tyson Chandler is starting for Dallas
      Tyson Chandler (hip) will start against the Blazers on Thursday.

      Advice: He was expected to play yesterday and he should be ready to go for a full amount of minutes. The Mavs have been getting cute with their lineups without Chandler, but they finally get their anchor back on defense. Al-Farouq Aminu should still get a lot of Chandler Parsons' minutes even though Richard Jefferson is starting. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 7:26 pm
    • Update: Tyson Chandler (hip) will play Thurs.
      Updating a previous report, Tyson Chandler (hip) will play Thursday vs. the Trail Blazers.

      Advice: Chandler has been sidelined for the past two games, but he'll return to the starting lineup tonight for what should be an exciting uptempo game against Portland. Bernard James will head back to the bench with this news, and his demotion to the second unit will make him a non-factor in nearly all leagues. Get Tyson active. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 12:54 pm
    • Tyson Chandler (hip) goes through shootaround
      Tyson Chandler (hip) went through shootaround this morning, and he remains probable for Thursday's game vs. Portland.

      Advice: Head coach Rick Carlisle said "it's looking good," for Chandler suiting up for tonight's game, a move that will send Bernard James back to the bench and to irrelevancy in most leagues. Go ahead and get Chandler in your active lineups. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 11:46 am
    • Nick Johnson sent down for D-League stint
      Nick Johnson has been sent down for a D-League stint.

      Advice: Johnson only managed to play a total of two minutes through the entire month of February, so he can safely remain on the waiver wire in all leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 11:25 am
    • Terrence Jones questionable for Friday
      Terrence Jones (lower back pain) is questionable for Friday's game against the Pistons.

      Advice: Jones has been on fire as of late, so his owners will have to watch his status closely leading up to Friday's game. If he's unable to suit up, Josh Smith and Donatas Motiejunas would be in line for big minutes against the Pistons. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 9:41 am
    • Tony Allen accepts suspension responsibility
      Tony Allen accepted responsibility for his recent suspension and said he's committed to moving forward in a professional manner.

      Advice: Allen served a one-game suspension on Tuesday after a physical altercation with Nick Calathes and ensuing argument with coaches during practice. ."It’s behind me. You live and you learn. I’ve got to conduct myself better," Allen said. While Allen is the Grizzlies' defensive stopper, he's only averaging 8.1 points, 4.0 rebounds, 1.4 assists, and 1.9 steals on the season and can remain on the wire in standard fantasy leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 9:28 am
    • T.J. Warren earning more minutes in Phoenix
      Suns head coach Jeff Hornacek said T.J. Warren has been earning more playing time due to his energy.

      Advice: "We all know he can put the ball in the basket but what it is with him is he's probably our only guy who cuts," Hornacek said. "Everyone else wants to stand around and wait for a kick out pass. T.J. is a guy who, when he sees an opening or his man turns his head, he'll cut." The rookie is now averaging 15.8 minutes per game over the Suns' last five contests and is worth a look in deeper leagues as long as he can keep earning playing time. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 7:21 am
    • Nikola Pekovic returned to action on Wednesday March 4. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 12:08 am
    • DeAndre Jordan grabs 19 boards in loss
      DeAndre Jordan had six points, 19 rebounds, a steal and a block in Wednesday's overtime loss to the Blazers.

      Advice: He hit just 2-of-10 free throws as the hack-a-Jordan strategy worked for the Blazers down the stretch tonight. He also mistook the shot clock for the final buzzer, and could have won the game for L.A. had he put a rebound back up just before the final buzzer. Either way, the guy is killing it in the big-man categories and you knew you were punting free throws with him long ago. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 11:55 pm
    • Lillard struggles, grabs career-high 18 rebs
      Damian Lillard hit just 1-of-13 shots and was 0-for-7 from downtown for five points, but added a career-high 18 rebounds to go along with four assists in Wednesday's overtime win against the Clippers.

      Advice: Lillard also had five turnovers, but the rebounds helped make up for an off night. He averaged 30 points over his last two games, so there's really no reason to panic about this one. The Blazers currently hold the No. 3 seed in the West, while the Clippers hold the No. 5 seed after tonight's loss. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 11:52 pm
    • Nicolas Batum fuels Blazers win over Clips
      Nicolas Batum hit a 3-pointer to force overtime and then threw three alley-oops and hit a dagger 3-pointer to win the game for the Blazers over the Clippers on Wednesday.

      Advice: He finished with 20 points, seven rebounds, eight assists, a steal, two blocks and four 3-pointers on 6-of-11 shooting. Talk about efficiency. That makes four straight wins for the Blazers, and while Batum has been frustrating to own at times this season, lines like this one makes it easy to forget. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 11:48 pm
    • Ersan Ilyasova double-doubles for Bucks
      Ersan Ilyasova had 13 points, 10 rebounds, a steal and three 3-pointers on 5-of-13 shooting in Wednesday's loss to the Warriors.

      Advice: Dude has scored in double figures in six straight games and is averaging 14.8 points, 7.2 rebounds and 1.8 3-pointers on 46 percent shooting over his last five games, making him worth a flier in any league. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 11:12 pm
    • Zaza Pachulia bounces back
      Zaza Pachulia, who started and played just 13 scoreless minutes on Tuesday, had 13 points, 11 rebounds, four assists and two steals on 5-of-9 shooting on Wednesday.

      Advice: He's not going to go crazy on most nights with John Henson around, but played well tonight. But as we saw on Tuesday, he's not exactly reliable right now, either. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 11:06 pm
    • Dion Waiters scores 20 points with 10 boards
      Dion Waiters scored 20 points with 10 rebounds, three assists and one 3-pointer against the 76ers on Wednesday.

      Advice: It's the first 20-10 game of his career. Waiters has looked awful since the break before tonight, making just 35.1 percent from the field in his previous seven games. It would appear Kevin Durant (foot) is getting closer to a return, which would hurt Waiters' chances to score. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 10:36 pm
    • Hassan Whiteside grabs career-high 25 boards
      Hassan Whiteside racked up 18 points, a career-high 25 rebounds and four blocks on 6-of-10 shooting in Wednesday's win over the Lakers.

      Advice: Man, are the Lakers good at giving it up to the opposition. Whiteside has collected 64 rebounds over his last three games and is averaging 16.0 points, 15.8 rebounds and three blocks over his last five games. Sure, he hit just 6-of-13 free throws tonight, but who cares? Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 10:28 pm
    • Jeremy Lin goes for 12 & 9 in loss
      Jeremy Lin had 12 points, two rebounds, nine assists, four steals and a 3-pointer on 5-of-12 shooting in Wednesday's loss.

      Advice: Lin is kind of rolling right now, averaging 15.4 points, 4.2 rebounds, 6.8 assists, 2.0 steals and 1.2 3-pointers on 44 percent shooting over his last five games. Pick him up if you he's available and you need a point guard. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 10:25 pm
       
      Player Note
      Jeremy Lin LAL - PG,SG
    • Luc Mbah a Moute scores 18 points
      Luc Mbah a Moute made 6-of-21 from the field for 18 points with 14 rebounds, five assists and one turnover in 40 minutes against the Thunder on Wednesday.

      Advice: Apparently Russell Westbrook rubbed off on him. He set a career high in field goal attempts tonight and more than doubled his season average of 9.8. He won't play this much when Robert Covington (elbow) returns, but he's still worth a look in standard leagues while he's healthy. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 10:12 pm
    • Ish Smith plays just 15 minutes
      Ish Smith played 15 minutes against the Thunder on Wednesday with two points, one rebound, one assist, one block and one turnover.

      Advice: Isaiah Canaan was on fire tonight, so coach Brett Brown kept Smith on the bench. Smith is going to backup Canaan for the rest of the season, so he is going to have some inconsistency. He's only worth a look in deep leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 9:59 pm
    • Lou Williams racks up 26 points, 6 assists
      Lou Williams hit 7-of-8 shots, 4-of-4 3-pointers and 8-of-8 free throws for 26 points and six assists on Wednesday.

      Advice: He's been pretty good all season long, with or without Kyle Lowry, but with Lowry out with a mysterious hand/rest injury, Williams looks like a safe bet for production any time Lowry is out. His 21 points in the fourth quarter set a franchise record. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 9:50 pm
    • Ty Lawson doesn't score in 25 minutes
      Ty Lawson missed all nine shots from the field and didn't attempt any shots from the line against the Wolves on Wednesday, adding seven rebounds, nine assists, one steal and one turnover.

      Advice: Ricky Rubio shut him down tonight, but Lawson has really struggled from the field lately. In his last four, he averaged just 7.3 points on 30.3 percent from the field. Lawson still has at least nine dimes in each of his last three and was making 44.6 percent from the field, so there's nothing to worry about. He just needs to stay healthy. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 9:24 pm
    • Nikola Pekovic plays 15 minutes vs. DEN
      Nikola Pekovic played 15 minutes against the Nuggets on Wednesday with six points, five boards and two steals.

      Advice: He is likely going to have a minutes cap for a few games, but you never know because they Wolves have gone against conventional wisdom and played him big minutes before. Pekovic is not necessarily a must-own player due to the injury risk and the possibility of a minutes restriction. He only played in five-minute stints tonight. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 8:47 pm
    • Terrence Jones goes off again, scores 21 pts
      Terrence Jones looked great in a tough matchup against the Grizzlies on Wednesday with 21 points, nine rebounds, two steals, one steal and two blocks on 10-of-14 from the field in 36 minutes.

      Advice: He is on fire. In his last five games, Jones averaged 19.6 points, 8.8 boards, 1.0 assists, 2.2 blocks and 1.0 turnovers on 64.1 percent from the field. He was a very efficient scorer as a backup center last year, but he's clearly surpassing all expectations. The Rockets are in no rush to bring Dwight Howard back and Jones should be a stud for the foreseeable future. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 8:07 pm
    • Nikola Pekovic to have a minutes limit
      Nikola Pekovic (ankle) will have a minutes limit against the Nuggets on Wednesday.

      Advice: Maybe the Wolves finally learned their lesson because Pek can't play over 30 minutes and stay healthy. He's still a risky player to own because the probability of him missing time is extremely high. Gorgui Dieng should be owned in all leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 4:04 pm
    • Nikola Pekovic (ankle) available to play
      Nikola Pekovic (ankle) will be available to play against the Nuggets on Wednesday.

      Advice: There is still no word on how many minutes he's going to play. The Wolves continue to play him big minutes and he keeps dealing with ankle discomfort. We're still not sure how many times they're going to touch the proverbial hot stove with Pek, but he's still a very risky player to start or even own. Gorgui Dieng should be owned in all leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 3:48 pm
    • Tyson Chandler (hip) probable for Thursday
      Tyson Chandler (hip) is probable to play against the Blazers on Thursday.

      Advice: He needed three games to get over his hip injury and should be ready to go. Chandler's numbers fell off a tad in February, averaging 10.1 points, 10.8 boards and 0.8 blocks in 29.4 minutes per game. He should be a good bet for a double-double in an up-tempo game on Thursday. Bernard James will move to the bench and may not play at all. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 12:51 pm
    • Tony Allen (suspension) will play vs. Rockets
      Tony Allen will return from his one-game suspension vs. the Rockets on Wednesday.

      Advice: He was suspended for Tuesday's game vs. the Jazz due to an altercation between him and Nick Calathes during practice, but he should resume his normal role off the bench against the Rockets. Allen has season averages of just 8.1 points, 4.0 boards, 1.4 assists and 1.9 steals, so he is only worth a look in deeper leagues for the time being. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 9:55 am
    • Nikola Pekovic (ankle) will try to play Wed.
      Nikola Pekovic (ankle) will try to give it a go against the Nuggets on Wednesday.

      Advice: While he did say that ankle has progressed, Pekovic will test out his ankle prior to the game before making a final decision regarding his status. If Pekovic is unable to go tonight, Gorgui Dieng becomes locked in as a must-start option in all leagues, while rookie Adreian Payne will see an uptick in minutes as well. Given the uncertainty, owners in daily leagues would be wise to avoid Pekovic tonight. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 9:32 am
    • Zaza Pachulia awful in 13 minutes vs. Denver
      Zaza Pachulia started Tuesday's game but was awful in 13 minutes of action, going scoreless with three turnovers, two fouls and no other stats to his credit.

      Advice: Pachulia was completely out of sorts in an awkward matchup vs. Kenneth Faried, and Jason Kidd wisely opted to limit his playing time after a brutal start to the game. He's off the radar in all but the deepest leagues, regardless of where he begins the game. John Henson (10 points, five boards, one block) is still the center to own in Milwaukee. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 9:02 pm
    • Ersan Ilyasova scores team-high 21 points
      Ersan Ilyasova sank 9-of-15 shots including three 3-pointers vs. Denver, finishing Tuesday's loss with a team-high 21 points.

      Advice: He added three boards, two assists, one steal and one block with only one turnover in 30 minutes of action, and has come to life since re-entering Jason Kidd's starting lineup. The Bucks have lost momentum since the All-Star break, however, and tonight marked their third consecutive defeat. They'll have a tough time snapping the skid during Wednesday's road game vs. the Warriors. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 9:01 pm
    • Ty Lawson double-doubles as DEN snaps skid
      Ty Lawson double-doubled with 16 points and 10 assists on Tuesday, adding two 3-pointers, two rebounds and two assists with only one turnover in 31 minutes of action.

      Advice: Nuggets interim coach Melvin Hunt's tenure began with a victory vs. a solid Bucks team, and Brian Shaw's departure shouldn't hurt Lawson's value going forward. Lawson has been a solid second-round fantasy PG over the past month and he's likely to stay there as long as he's healthy. Lock him into your lineups and enjoy the show. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 8:48 pm
    • Terrence Jones scores 18 pts w/ three blocks
      Terrence Jones was a force to be reckoned with on Tuesday, racking up 18 points on 8-of-11 shooting with eight rebounds, two assists and three blocks in 37 minutes vs. the Hawks.

      Advice: The Rockets' five-game winning streak was snapped by the Hawks, who now have their own five-game streak going. T-Jones has been steadily improving since returning from his serious leg injury and he's once again a must-own fantasy option. The lone caveat is his free throw shooting -- he's 65.3 percent at the charity stripe this season and missed four of his six attempts tonight. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 7:44 pm
    • Jeremy Lin sinks key 3-pointer vs. Charlotte
      Jeremy Lin sank a late 3-pointer in Charlotte on Tuesday, finishing the Lakers' one-point loss with 23 points, six rebounds, eight assists, two steals and one block in 30 minutes.

      Advice: Lin made 9-of-16 shots overall and he's been gaining steam with increased minutes and offensive responsibilities since the All-Star break. Despite averaging under 28 minutes in his previous five games, Lin was already helping fantasy owners with 17.0 points on 50.0 percent FGs and 75.0 percent FTs, as well as 2.8 boards, 5.0 assists and 1.2 steals. Tonight's eruption clinches the deal and he shouldn't be floating on your waiver wire. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 7:27 pm
       
      Player Note
      Jeremy Lin LAL - PG,SG
    • No suspension coming for Hassan Whiteside
      Hassan Whiteside will not be suspended for Monday's altercation with Alex Len.

      Advice: He will however be hit with a $15,000 fine, but Whiteside will be in the lineup for Wednesday's very favorable matchup against the Lakers. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 3:45 pm
    • Tony Allen suspended for Tuesday vs. Utah
      Tony Allen (suspension) will not play Tuesday vs. the Jazz.

      Advice: Allen is being suspended for internal matters, but he will be back in the lineup for Wednesday's game against Houston. With Allen out, Jeff Green and Courtney Lee will get all the minutes they can handle, with Green offering the most upside. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 3:21 pm
    • Hassan Whiteside regrets altercation with Len
      Hassan Whiteside expressed his regret on Tuesday for wrestling with Alex Len during Monday's game against the Suns.

      Advice: "I regret doing that," Whiteside said. "That was the first time. Violence is not the answer. That's what it was. I just felt like [Len] was frustrated with as many as dunks that I did on him." Whiteside will likely be suspended for Wednesday's game against the Lakers, leaving Udonis Haslem, Michael Beasley, and Chris Andersen to man Miami's frontcourt. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 12:27 pm
    • Tyson Chandler (hip) will travel on road trip
      Tyson Chandler (hip) will travel with the Mavs on their upcoming three-game road trip.

      Advice: Chandler has missed the Mavs' previous three games with a hip injury, and we'll be considering him questionable for Thursday's game vs. the Trail Blazers. If he's unable to go, Bernard James will have an opportunity to slide into the starting lineup, but with averages of just 3.5 points, 8.5 rebounds, and 2.0 blocks per game as a starter his value is limited to deeper leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 12:11 pm
    • Nikola Pekovic questionable for Wednesday
      Nikola Pekovic (ankle) is questionable for Wednesday's game against the Nuggets.

      Advice: Pekovic said he wants to give it a go on Wednesday, so we'll have to await word after shootaround to see if he'll get his wish. If Pek is unable to suit up against the Nuggets, Gorgui Dieng becomes a must-start player in all fantasy leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 10:55 am
    • Scott happy with Jeremy Lin's recent play
      Lakers head coach Byron Scott said he's happy with the way that Jeremy Lin has been playing recently.

      Advice: "I am really happy with the way he’s starting to show that consistent effort for every single night," Scott said of Lin after Sunday's loss to the Thunder. "He’s playing the way I think he’s capable of playing." While Lin has had an inconsistent season, he's stepped up his play as of late and is averaging 17.0 points, 2.8 rebounds, 5.0 assists, and 1.2 steals in 27.8 minutes over his last five games. As long as he can continue to his pace, he's worth owning in most fantasy leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 7:38 am
       
      Player Note
      Jeremy Lin LAL - PG,SG
    • Rondo gets aggressive with 19 points in win
      Rajon Rondo was a bit more aggressive in the Mavs' 102-93 win over the Pelicans on Monday, scoring 19 points on 9-of-15 shooting (including a three) with five rebounds and two assists in 32 minutes.

      Advice: Rondo did not get a steal and the assist numbers are down, but anything attached to the word 'aggression' should be viewed as a good thing. If he was dropped in an 8-cat league now is probably the time to take a chance on him, since the run-in with Rick Carlisle could produce a turnaround, if that's indeed in the cards. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 9:26 pm
    • Hot Ish: Smith has a good game vs. Raps
      Ish Smith scored 19 points with five rebounds, nine assists and one 3-pointer in 27 minutes against the Raptors on Monday.

      Advice: Coach Brett Brown already said that he likes Smith as a backup point guard, so he's not going to leapfrog Isaiah Canaan for the starting gig. That doesn't necessarily mean he won't outproduce him. In his last two games, he's averaged 15.0 points, 4.5 boards, 7.0 boards and 1.0 treys. He is worth a look in 16-team leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 9:10 pm
    • Hassan Whiteside, Alex Len are ejected
      Hassan Whiteside and Alex Len were ejected for wrestling on Monday night.

      Advice: This game in Miami is one of the most emotional ones of the season. Whiteside tried to tackle Len and there's certainly a chance he gets hit with a suspension for this one. He finished with 17 points, 10 boards, two steals and two blocks in 26 minutes. He's a better basketball player than a tackler and his owners are going to be hoping for mercy from the NBA in hopes he doesn't get suspended. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 6:46 pm
    • Nikola Pekovic will not play on Monday
      Nikola Pekovic (ankle) will not play against the Clippers on Monday.

      Advice: His ankle is acting up and the Wolves are likely going to rest him for a while. Gorgui Dieng is back to being a must-start player in all leagues. If you want to cut Pek, it's not a bad idea given how much time he's needed to recover from ankle soreness. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 3:55 pm
    • Pekovic, Martin both questionable on Monday
      Nikola Pekovic (ankle) and Kevin Martin (illness) are both questionable to play on Monday against the Clippers.

      Advice: Pekovic did not participate in shootaround, and he'll warmup before the game to see if he can give it a go. It doesn't sound promising even if he plays, so Gorgui Dieng should remain very ready, and he'd be the most obvious candidate to benefit without the big man. As for Martin, his illness is out of nowhere, so if he doesn't play, Andrew Wiggins will be an even greater point of emphasis with Gary Neal possibly joining the starting lineup. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 10:30 am
    • Tyson Chandler, Chandler Parsons out Monday
      Tyson Chandler (hip) and Chandler Parsons (ankle) are both out against the Pelicans.

      Advice: The Mavericks could once again go small with Dirk Nowitzki at center while starting J.J. Barea alongside both Rajon Rondo and Monta Ellis in the backcourt, but it's also conceivable the team goes with a more traditional look and starts Bernard James at center. As for Parsons, Richard Jefferson should once again draw the start, and he's averaging 10.8 points, 5.6 rebounds and 2.0 triples over eight games (29 minutes in that role). Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 9:10 am
    • Lillard: Things 'starting to turn around' now
      Damian Lillard said "things are starting to turn around" when asked if February was the worst shooting slump of his career.

      Advice: Lillard averaged 20.7 points, 4.4 rebounds, 5.3 assists, 1.4 steals and 1.7 triples over nine February games, so it's not like he was completely useless. However, his 26.3 percent mark from deep was not typical, and that marked the second straight month he was under 30 percent from downtown. Lillard has started March at 60 percent from behind the 3-point line, but it's worth noting he's shooting a career-low 34.4 percent from distance while averaging a career-high 7.2 attempts per game. We know he won't stop shooting them. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 6:56 am
    • Ty Lawson again held to single-digit scoring
      Ty Lawson scored only five points on 2-of-6 shooting during Sunday's loss, but he stole the ball twice and dished out a game-high 11 assists in just 27 minutes.

      Advice: Lawson wasn't in foul trouble but he tied Kenneth Faried for the fewest minutes of any Nuggets starter, and this marks his third single-digit scoring performance in the past four games. The Nuggets are riding a six-game losing streak and may shift toward player-development down the stretch, but Lawson remains a must-start fantasy PG despite his recent struggles. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 8:08 pm
    • Jeremy Lin stays hot, scores 20 in loss Sun.
      Jeremy Lin continued his impressive play in a loss to the Thunder on Sunday, scoring 20 points on 7-of-14 shooting with eight assists, six boards, three steals and one 3-pointer in 32 minutes.

      Advice: Distant memories of Linsanity are slowly starting to surface, as Lin has been a new man since the All-Star break, averaging 17.0 points, 5.0 assists, 2.8 boards, 1.2 steals and 0.8 3-pointers in 27.8 minutes per game. While it is highly unlikely that he takes over as the starting PG with rookie Jordan Clarkson playing well, Lin has been playing a lot of minutes at shooting guard which is huge for his value moving forward. Don't look now, but Lin is worth a flier in most leagues to see if he can keep up his torrid pace. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 7:19 pm
       
      Player Note
      Jeremy Lin LAL - PG,SG
    • Dion Waiters struggles for short-handed OKC
      Dion Waiters couldn't capitalize on the Thunder's injuries, finishing Sunday's road win with nine points on 4-of-13 shooting in 28 minutes off the bench.

      Advice: He added three boards and three assists but missed all of his 3-point attempts, and sluggish offensive is dooming him to fantasy irrelevance. Waiters is shooting 35.7 percent over the past five games and history suggests he won't improve much in the season's final weeks. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 7:13 pm
    • Luc Mbah a Moute struggles in 20-point defeat
      Luc Mbah a Moute scored four points on 2-of-7 shooting during 23 minutes of action on Sunday, as the Sixers lost by 20 points in Indiana.

      Advice: He added three rebounds and turned the ball over four times in a thoroughly disappointing performance, especially after his stat-stuffing game on Friday. With erratic production and consistently poor FG and FT percentages, there isn't much incentive to own Mbah a Moute outside of deep leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 6:36 pm
    • Ish Smith starts 2nd half over Isaiah Canaan
      Ish Smith took over at PG to start the second half vs. Indiana on Sunday, posting 11 points, one 3-pointer, four rebounds and five assists in the Sixers' loss.

      Advice: Smith is a career 38.6 percent shooter and fantasy owners should be extremely wary of his 47.4 percent free throw shooting this season. He's a decent speculative add for deep-league owners seeking a point guard, but his starting job isn't guaranteed and we wouldn't cut anyone of value to get him. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 6:27 pm
    • Arron Afflalo scores three points vs. Kings
      Arron Afflalo scored just three points in 27 minutes vs. the Kings on Sunday, adding two boards, one assist, one steal and one 3-pointer.

      Advice: He is averaging just 7.8 points, 1.8 boards, 1.0 assist and 1.2 3-pointers off the bench with his new team, and it's obvious that he vanished form the standard league radar as soon as he was traded from the Nuggets. Outside of deeper leagues, it's safe to cut Afflalo. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 6:01 pm
    • Nicolas Batum struggles again on Sunday
      Nicolas Batum shot just 1-of-6 from the field and 0-of-4 from deep on Sunday vs. the Kings, finishing with just two points, five assists, four boards and one steal in 31 minutes.

      Advice: This was a pretty brutal game for Batum, but he has been much better since the All-Star break, averaging 10.2 points, 5.4 boards, 5.0 assists, 0.8 blocks, 1.4 steals and 1.6 3-pointers over his last five games. Batum's owners may never forgive him after his horrific start to the season, but at least he is starting to turn things around. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 5:55 pm
    • Damian Lillard drops 31 points in win on Sun.
      Damian Lillard scored a game-high 31 points in a win over the Kings on Sunday, adding seven assists, four boards, one block and three 3-pointers in 36 minutes.

      Advice: This was actually Lillard's highest scoring game since he dropped 34 points against the Lakers on Jan. 11, and he has now attempted 20 or more shots in each of his last two games. As one of the league's most durable and consistent guards, he should be a top-10 fantasy asset for the rest of the way. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 5:48 pm
    • Ish Smith starts 2nd half over Isaiah Canaan
      Ish Smith started the second half in place of Isaiah Canann on Sunday vs. the Pacers.

      Advice: Canaan has struggled with his conditioning and hasn't exactly looked comfortable running the point in Philly, but head coach Brett Brown has been known to shake things up occasionally. Smith was averaging 6.3 points, 5.3 assists and 1.3 steals in his previous three performances with the 76ers, but owners in most leagues should use a wait-and-see approach here. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 4:41 pm
    • Terrence Jones scores 19 pts w/ one 3-pointer
      Terrence Jones had another solid outing on Sunday, scoring 19 points on 6-of-10 shooting (6-of-9 from the line), with seven rebounds and one 3-pointer through 44 minutes of action.

      Advice: This is the first game since the All-Star break that Jones did not record a block, which tells you just how good he's been. He's averaging 15.0 points, 10.6 rebounds, and a whopping 3.0 blocks per game since the break, and he shows no signs of slowing down. It'll be interesting to see how/if his minutes are affected in the rotation upon Dwight Howard's return, but for now, owners can simply enjoy the ride. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 4:16 pm
    • DeAndre Jordan feasts w/ 26 rebounds in win
      DeAndre Jordan went to work against the Bulls on Sunday, hauling in 26 rebounds to go with nine points on 2-of-3 shooting (5-of-12 from the stripe), two steals, two blocks and one turnover through 41 minutes of action.

      Advice: Jordan has been an absolute beast this season with averages of 11.2 points, a league leading 14.2 rebounds, and 2.3 blocks per game on 72.0 percent shooting from the field. Today was his eighth game of the season with at least 20 rebounds (leads NBA), and he shows no signs of slowing down. He’s also second in the league in total blocks, and he is going to get paid this offseason. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 12:50 pm
    • Rajon Rondo says thoughts over FA are same
      Rajon Rondo said that his thoughts regarding his impending free agency haven't changed since his spat with head coach Rick Carlisle.

      Advice: Rondo is going to hold his cards close to his chest, but he hasn't had the smoothest transition since leaving Boston. He is averaging just 7.6 points, 4.6 assists, 2.8 boards and 3.6 turnovers over his last five games, and he is also shooting just 43 percent from the field and 33 percent from the charity stripe over that span. He still has some value in points leagues, but he is a huge liability in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 6:51 am
    • Nikola Pekovic dealing with pain in his ankle
      Nikola Pekovic's troublesome ankle flared up on him during Saturday's game vs. the Grizzlies, and he is expected to be reevaluated on Monday.

      Advice: Not good. Pekovic hasn't exactly been the most durable player in recent years, and it looks like the Wolves were playing with fire when they decided to play him in the second game of a back-to-back set. Pekovic lasted just two minutes in the second half on Saturday, and we would be surprised if he ended up playing against the Clippers on Monday. Gorgui Dieng stands to benefit the most if Pekovic misses time, while rookie Adreian Payne will see a bump in his minutes as well. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 9:21 pm
    • T.J. Warren looks good in garbage time
      T.J. Warren looked good in garbage time against the Spurs with nine points, one rebound and two assists in 18 minutes.

      Advice: He had a lot of buzz over the summer and in the preseason and he might actually get some playing time with Brandon Knight getting hurt tonight. However, Warren's fantasy ceiling is low right now because he doesn't really take treys and he's not too great with defensive stats. You have to be in a very deep league to look at him. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 8:33 pm
    • Rajon Rondo scores eight in return
      Rajon Rondo scored eight points in his return to the lineup on Saturday against the Nets, adding seven rebounds, six assists and four turnovers in 28 minutes.

      Advice: The best part of all this for his fantasy owners is that he didn't go to the free throw line. Rondo looked awful on defense again tonight and ranked dead last on his team for plus-minus at minus-22. He's not a must-own player in standard leagues, but he should be viewed as a mid-to-late-round guy in points leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 8:17 pm
    • Nikola Pekovic plays just 12 minutes
      Nikola Pekovic played just 12 minutes against the Grizzlies on Saturday with one point, four rebounds, one assist, one steal and one block.

      Advice: He played less than two minutes in the second half. The first thing to come to mind here is that his ankle isn't feeling great on the second half of a back-to-back set. His fantasy owners knew there was a lot of risk and hopefully the Wolves say it was just scheduled rest or because Marc Gasol destroyed him. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 8:03 pm
    • Tony Allen scores 11 off the bench
      Tony Allen scored 11 points against the Wolves on Saturday with two rebounds, one assist, two steals and one turnover against.

      Advice: Coach Dave Joerger said he could be looking to make a tweak to the starters on the wing, which means Allen would likely move into the first unit. However, his minutes and opportunities to score probably won't change much. Allen has been outside of the top 200 in the past month, so he's not worth owning right now. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 7:51 pm
    • Lou Williams scores 22 points off the bench
      Lou Williams scored 22 points against the Knicks on Saturday with two rebounds, three assists, one block and two 3-pointers.

      Advice: He logged 15 minutes as the backup point guard and that might continue if the Raptors rest Kyle Lowry more. Before tonight, Williams was struggling in the second half with averages of 14.3 points, 1.8 assists, 2.0 steals and 2.5 treys on 41.0 percent from the field. He's still a solid player to own in all leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 7:29 pm
    • Hassan Whiteside grabs 24 boards, scores 14
      Hassan Whiteside matched his career-high 24 boards against the Hawks on Saturday with 14 points and two blocks in 34 minutes.

      Advice: Before his time with the Heat, Whiteside had a grand total of 39 rebounds in his career. Now he has two games with at least 24 boards and continues to be one of the wildest stories of the season. Plus, he's also made at least 60 percent from the field in each of his last two months. How did every team dismiss this guy? Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 7:08 pm
    • Tyson Chandler (hip) won't play Saturday
      Tyson Chandler (hip) will not play on Saturday night against the Nets.

      Advice: Bernard James will be the starting center again tonight. Chandler is getting close to a return and he should be back at some point next week. Expect to see more Al-Farouq Aminu getting minutes at power forward, too. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 4:55 pm
    • Tyson Chandler (hip) is a game-time decision
      Tyson Chandler (hip) will be a game-time decision on Saturday against the Nets according to head coach Rick Carlisle.

      Advice: Chandler wasn't able to play on Wednesday vs. the Hawks, but the good news was that he made it through a full practice on Friday. His owners will have to check back prior to tip-off before activating him in lineups, but he would still be a must-start option even if he is not 100 percent. Bernard James scored seven points with 11 rebounds and two blocks against the Hawks, and he would be the primary beneficiary if Chandler sits this one out. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 9:01 am
    • Rajon Rondo says spat with Carlisle is over
      Rajon Rondo made it clear that his spat with head coach Rick Carlisle is over and that he is ready to move on.

      Advice: "Definitely, he had some frustrations with me and vice-versa," Rondo said. "So communication is definitely key in this situation. We’ve had a couple talks since then, and we’re going to move forward." Rondo was suspended for Wednesday's game vs. the Hawks, but he is expected to start against the Nets on Saturday, sending J.J. Barea back to the bench. However, Rondo is averaging just 7.5 points, 4.3 assists and 1.8 rebounds in his last four games, so his owners would be advised to leave him on the bench until he turns things around. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 8:55 am
    • Lin posts 14-5-6 line in win over Bucks
      Jeremy Lin scored 14 points on 4-of-10 shooting (including a three) with five rebounds and six assists in 29 minutes off the bench in the Lakers' 101-93 win over the Bucks on Friday.

      Advice: Lin has hovered around the bottom of the top-150 over the last month but has picked it up over the last week or so. Bryon Scott has said that he's thinking of starting Lin at some point, but that's not necessarily the driver of his value. He's worth a pickup though for the chance he can make a late-season run. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 1:44 am
       
      Player Note
      Jeremy Lin LAL - PG,SG
    • Ilyasova drops 17 and 12 onto the Lakers
      Ersan Ilyasova scored 17 points on 5-of-10 shooting (1-of-4 3PTs, 6-of-8 FTs) with 12 rebounds and one steal in Friday's loss to the Lakers.

      Advice: Ilyasova has been a top 70-100 value (9/8 cat) in his last four games, a sample that has more or less been his ceiling this season. Perhaps he's ready to turn over a new leaf, but realistically he can't be considered more than a flier pickup until he shows us a bit more. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 1:42 am
    • Terrence Jones scores season-high 26 points
      Terrence Jones scored a season-high 26 points on 11-of-16 shooting (no threes) with 12 rebounds and one block in the Rockets' 102-98 win over the Nets on Friday.

      Advice: Jones hit all four of his free throws and he's been a stud since the All Star break with top 25-35 value in his last four contests. Trevor Ariza also had a great night with 20 points on 7-of-11 shooting (including five threes), five boards and two steals in the win. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 12:22 am
    • Damian Lillard scores 29 in huge win vs. OKC
      Damian Lillard scored 29 points during a 115-112 win over the Thunder on Friday with three rebounds, five assists, one steal and two 3-pointers in 37 minutes.

      Advice: He put up a bit of an under-the-radar month. In his nine February games, Lillard averaged 20.7 points, 4.4 boards, 5.3 assists, 1.4 steals and 1.7 treys on 47.1 percent from the field and 83.7 percent from the line. He actually struggled with his jumper this month, but shooting a sterling 83.7 percent at the rim carried him. The All-Star still has room for improvement. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 12:04 am
    • Arron Afflalo scores 18 points in 31 minutes
      Arron Afflalo scored 18 points with two rebounds, two assists and two 3-pointers against the Thunder on Friday.

      Advice: The Blazers went small tonight, which explains the uptick in minutes. Afflalo is likely only going to get minutes in the mid-20s, so it's going to be tough for him to hold value in standard leagues coming off the bench. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 11:57 pm
    • Wes Matthews hurts hand, doesn't need X-ray
      Wesley Matthews hurt his hand on Friday and said he doesn't need an X-ray.

      Advice: The injury occurred late in the game, so he didn't have to play through it. Matthews didn't play well tonight, making 2-of-13 from the field for eight points with six rebounds, three assists, three steals, one block and two 3-pointers. He should be ready to roll for the Kings on Sunday. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 11:49 pm
       
      Injured
      W, 94-75 vs Dal
    • DeAndre Jordan scores 15 with 22 boards
      DeAndre Jordan grabbed 22 boards against the Grizzlies during an impressive 97-79 win on Friday, adding 15 points with three assists, two steals and three blocks.

      Advice: It was the third time he had a game with at least 15 points, 20 boards and three blocks this season -- the rest of the NBA has three of those games combined (Andre Drummond twice and Nikola Vucevic). Jordan has been a rebounding machine in his last seven, averaging 19.7 boards, 18.4 points, 1.6 steals and 2.1 blocks. It's also worth mentioning he hasn't missed a game since the 2010-11 season. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 11:20 pm
    • Lin to start over Clarkson at some point?
      Coach Bryon Scott said he is thinking of starting Jeremy Lin at some point.

      Advice: The change is not going to happen tonight with the Lakers sticking with the same starting five. Lin may start over Jordan Clarkson or the team could go with a two-PG lineup, as well. Clarkson has played next to Lin for 23.3 percent of his minutes this season, so this isn't too bold and there won't be many fantasy implications here outside of Wayne Ellington being less appealing. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 11:37 am
       
      Player Note
      Jeremy Lin LAL - PG,SG
    • Rajon Rondo goes through full practice Friday
      Rajon Rondo went through a full practice on Friday, and he will return to the starting lineup for Saturday's game against the Nets.

      Advice: Rondo has really struggled with the move to Dallas. He's averaging just 9.0 points, 4.5 rebounds, 6.2 assists, 1.3 steals, and 2.9 turnovers on 40.8 percent shooting since joining the Mavs. He's no longer putting up elite assist totals, which was really his only source of value, and with poor percentages and limited contributions in the major statistical categories, Rondo can be viewed as a drop-candidate in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 10:57 am
    • Tyson Chandler (hip) practices in full Friday
      Tyson Chandler (hip contusion) was a full participant during Friday's practice, Rick Carlisle said he'll be "a probable/questionable" for Saturday's game vs. the Nets.

      Advice: Chandler said that he is hopeful to play on Saturday, and his return to practice is a step in the right direction. If Chandler is able to go, Bernard James will return to a bench role devoid of any fantasy value in standard leagues. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 10:40 am
    • Dion Waiters scores 16 points against Suns
      Dion Waiters scored 16 points on 6-of-12 shooting on Thursday vs. the Suns, adding two steals and three 3-pointers in 34 minutes.

      Advice: He has now scored in double digits in each of his last four games, and he hasn't been shy about hoisting up shots either, averaging 15 shots per game over that span. That being said, Waiters still doesn't do enough outside of scoring to be considered in standard leagues, and the eventual return of Kevin Durant (foot) will hurt his value. Leave Waiters on the wire. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 11:31 pm
    • Nicolas Batum says he feels refreshed
      Nicolas Batum said he feels refreshed and ready for the second half of the season after spending six days in Mexico.

      Advice: Batum has been mired in a season-long slump, but said six days of vacation on the beaches of Puerto Vallarta, Mexico over the All-Star Break helped him hit the rest button. "I needed that," Batum said. "Just to refresh my mind. Just to go away from the stress. Just get away." Batum has has strong back-to-back performances and has averaged 16.0 points, 7.0 rebounds, 7.0 assists, 1.0 steals, 1.0 blocks, and 3.0 three-pointers in those two games. If he can keep this up, he'll go a long way toward redeeming himself with fantasy owners who spent a top-35 pick on him. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 10:31 am
    • Rajon Rondo unlikely to return to Dallas
      Rajon Rondo is unlikely to return to the Mavericks after this season, according to Tim McMahon of ESPN Dallas.

      Advice: While Tyson Chandler expects Rondo's recent run-in with head coach Rick Carlisle to bring the team closer, McMahon thinks the altercation and ensuing one-game suspension will lead the free-agent-to-be to bolt Dallas after the season. A winning season could cure everything here, but Rondo has spoken about his desire to be wooed during the free agency period so this latest incident likely won't help the Mavericks' chances to retain the mercurial point guard. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 8:12 am
    • Rajon Rondo will start vs Nets on Saturday
      Mavericks head coach Rick Carlisle said Rajon Rondo will start against the Nets on Saturday after serving a one-game suspension for conduct detrimental to the team.

      Advice: An on-court verbal exchange and ensuing post-game shouting match in the locker room led to a one-game suspension for Rondo, but Carlisle is ready to move forward. "It’s one game, we’ll be off [Thursday]," Carlisle said. "He’ll practice Friday, and he’ll be back in the starting lineup on Saturday. The events of last night are in the past. And we’ve got to move forward." It sounds like it's safe for fantasy owners to plug Rondo back into their lineups for Saturday's game against the Nets, while J.J. Barea and Devin Harris will return to bench roles. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 7:12 am
    • Wesley Matthews bounces back with 31
      Wesley Matthews, who missed all seven of his shots and scored four points on Sunday, got it back on Wednesday, hitting 11-of-18 shots and four 3-pointers for 31 points, five rebounds, three assists and three steals in a win over the Spurs.

      Advice: Yes! Arron Afflalo scored 10 points off the bench, and owners who were scared that Afflalo's presence would ruin Matthews should be feeling much better about things after this performance. And yes, he just went from a season low in scoring to a season high in back-to-back games, which is pretty hard for fantasy studs to do at this point in the season. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 12:11 am
       
      Injured
      W, 94-75 vs Dal
    • Nicolas Batum plays well in win over Spurs
      Nicolas Batum hit 6-of-8 shots for 15 points, four rebounds, nine assists, two steals, a block and three 3-pointers in Wednesday's win over the Spurs.

      Advice: Yes, that's the guy you thought you were drafting early last October, and it's nice that he's finally starting to show up. He's averaging 16 points, 7.0 rebounds, 7.0 assists, 1.0 steals, 1.0 blocks and 3.0 3-pointers over his last two games. Hopefully he's ready to keep the train rolling, just in time for the fantasy playoffs. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 12:08 am
    • DeAndre Jordan keeps up beast-like lines
      DeAndre Jordan was up to his usual tricks against the Rockets on Wednesday with 22 points, 19 rebounds, one assist and two blocks in 38 minutes.

      Advice: That's six consecutive games with at least 15 boards, averaging 19.0 points, 19.3 boards, 1.5 steals and 2.0 blocks on 69.0 percent from the field in that span. Jordan is just the fifth player to have 15 or more boards in at least six games since 2009-10 (Anderson Varejao, Kevin Love, Dwight Howard and Kris Humphries). He's an absolute monster around the basket. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 11:27 pm
    • Basketball Jones: Terrence goes off again
      Terrence Jones continued his stellar post-break run on Wednesday with 14 points, eight rebounds, one assist and five blocks in 32 minutes against the Clippers.

      Advice: Jones is returning fourth round value since the start of the second half, averaging 12.3 points, 10.3 boards, 0.5 steals and 3.5 blocks on 47.4 percent from the field in his last four. If he's still on the wire in your league, you might want to try and find a more competitive league next season. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 11:12 pm
    • T.J. Warren plays 20 minutes vs. Denver
      T.J. Warren played 20 minutes off the bench against the Nuggets on Wednesday with 10 points and seven rebounds.

      Advice: He played the majority of his minutes at small forward tonight after logging just nine minutes on Monday. Warren was one of the stars in Las Vegas Summer League and had a couple bright spots in the D-League, but his upside isn't great. He's only an option in extremely deep leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 10:32 pm
    • Zaza Pachulia plays 19 minutes on Wed
      Zaza Pachulia played 19 minutes on Wednesday against the 76ers with 12 points, four rebounds, two assists, two steals and three turnovers.

      Advice: He saw a big increase from his six minutes on Monday, but he played a lot less than John Henson. Considering how well Henson played tonight, it's hard to be encouraged by Pachulia. Fantasy owners in most leagues will want to keep Pachulia on the wire. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 8:55 pm
    • Ersan Ilyasova plays 23 minutes on Wed
      Ersan Ilyasova played 23 minutes against the 76ers on Wednesday with 11 points, six rebounds, one assists and one 3-pointer.

      Advice: After playing 35 minutes on Monday, his value actually didn't fall off a cliff today. Coach Jason Kidd seems to be gaining confidence in Ilyasova, but he's missed a lot of games and has basically been in a slump for two seasons. Fantasy owners in FAAB leagues will need to have bulletproof wallets to pay up for Ghostface Ilya. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 8:49 pm
    • Dirk Nowitzki awful in loss to Hawks
      Dirk Nowitzki hit just 2-of-7 shots for four points, five rebounds and four assists in 25 minutes of Wednesday's blowout loss to the Hawks.

      Advice: The Mavs jumped out to a 34-22 lead in the first quarter, but the Hawks got it going in the second half and won by 17 points. Dirk had 18 points and nine boards on Tuesday, but just didn't have it going on the second night of a back-to-back. We were expecting more with Rajon Rondo, Chandler Parsons, Tyson Chandler and Amare Stoudemire in street clothes, but he'll be fine. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 7:45 pm
    • Hassan Whiteside plays well in overtime win
      Hassan Whiteside had 15 points, 13 rebounds and three blocks in Wednesday's overtime win.

      Advice: He was helped out a bit by the extra time, and while he hasn't exploded like a superstar lately, it's hard to complain about anything he's doing. Especially when he was free off the wire for a majority of his owners. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 7:28 pm
    • Zaza Pachulia starting, John Henson benched
      Zaza Pachulia will start against 76ers on Wednesday.

      Advice: He has been coming off the bench, but he'll be back in the starting lineup tonight. Pachulia only played six minutes on Monday and he's basically in a three-way timeshare with John Henson and Miles Plumlee. He can be left on the wire in most leagues for now. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 4:02 pm
    • Rondo, Carlisle had 2nd argument after game
      Rajon Rondo and coach Rick Carlisle had another "emotionally charged dispute in the locker room after the game," according to ESPN.com's Tim MacMahon.

      Advice: Rondo is not going to play tonight because of it and these arguments may hurt his playing time going forward, though Carlisle said Rondo will start Saturday's game as usual. The Mavericks are not much better with Rondo on the floor and they probably won't miss him tonight. In fact, his Mavs teammates made only 47.9 percent from the field off passes from Rondo. Before Rondo arrived, the Mavs were making 49.1 percent from the field off Monta Ellis passes. Rondo is not a must-own player in standard leagues. Meanwhile, J.J. Barea and Devin Harris will step up. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 2:58 pm
    • Mavs suspend Rajon Rondo for one game
      Rajon Rondo has been suspended for Wednesday's game against the Hawks due to conduct detrimental to the team.

      Advice: He got into an argument with Rick Carlisle on Tuesday and his coach benched him after that. Rondo has been awful this season and it'll be interesting to see how the Mavericks put their lineups together. The former Celtic has actually been below average as defender and the Mavericks have also fallen as an offense since he's joined them, so this suspension might help them tonight. With Rondo out, it'll be J.J. Barea likely to start with Devin Harris also getting more run. Expect to see Monta Ellis have a bigger responsibility as well. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 1:51 pm
    • Weather could postpone Mavericks vs. Hawks
      There is a small chance that inclement weather in Atlanta could postpone Wednesday's game between the Hawks and Mavericks.

      Advice: A strong winter storm is reportedly closing in on Atlanta, and an announcement regarding the game will be made around 2 p.m. ET. Owners with daily lineups would be wise check back for all the latest updates before making any roster decisions tonight. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 8:33 am
    • Devin Harris thrives in expanded role Tuesday
      Devin Harris took advantage of Rajon Rondo's second-half benching on Tuesday, scoring 14 points with three rebounds, five assists and a season-high four steals in 28 minutes.

      Advice: The steals tied the season-high Harris set on Sunday but his playing time was inflated by Rondo's temporary absence, and he remains a borderline option in 12-team leagues. Give him a look if your waiver wire is thread-bare and you're in need of typical PG production -- 3-pointers, assists, steals and FT percentages. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 8:38 pm
    • Dion Waiters w/ 14 points on 18 shot attempts
      Dion Waiters needed 18 shots to score 14 points during Tuesday's win vs. the Pacers, though four of his five makes came from beyond the arc.

      Advice: He shot 0-of-7 from within 16 feet of the basket, which is an extreme example of Waiters' season-long inefficiency. He's shooting just 50.3 percent in the restricted area, 36.4 percent in the paint, and his True Shooting of 45.5 percent leaves much to be desired. There's no reason to touch him outside of the deepest fantasy leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 8:13 pm
    • Sweet Lou (ankle) gets back on the floor
      Lou Williams (ankle) scored nine points on 1-of-8 shooting with two rebounds, two assists and two steals in 25 minutes off the bench on Monday.

      Advice: Williams hit 6-of-7 shots from the line and the peripherals save this from being a total loss. He'll get things straightened out unless the ankle injury lingers. Rotoworld.com
      Feb 23, 8:59 pm
    • Terrence Jones goes for 15 points, 15 boards
      Terrence Jones moved into the starting lineup and continued his torrid pace on Monday against the Wolves with 15 points, 15 boards, one steal and two blocks in 32 minutes.

      Advice: As has been the case for his previous two games, it's on. In his last three, Jones averaged 11.7 points, 11.0 boards, 1.0 assists, 0.7 steals and 3.0 blocks in 28.2 percent from the field. Jones hasn't even hit his stride on offense yet and he could start climbing into the teens for scoring. He has to be owned in all standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Feb 23, 8:25 pm
    • Ilyasova with 15 & 11 and a full stat line
      Ersan Ilyasova started in Monday's loss to the Bulls, scoring 15 points on 6-of-16 shooting with 11 rebounds, one steal, one block and three 3-pointers in 35 minutes.

      Advice: This is a patented Ilyasova explosion and the operative question is always whether or not he can do it again. He is the definition of a risk-reward pickup. Rotoworld.com
      Feb 23, 8:06 pm
    • Ish Smith plays 24 minutes, scores seven
      Ish Smith made his 76ers debut on Monday, scoring seven points with three rebounds, seven assists, three steals and four turnovers in 24 minutes.

      Advice: He has already leapfrogged Tim Frazier and he logged some minutes next to Frazier and Canaan tonight. Smith could be looking at around 27 minutes per game with his new team, but he's only worth a look in deep leagues. Additionally, this is his eighth team in five seasons. Rotoworld.com
      Feb 23, 7:50 pm
    • Pachulia plays six minutes against Chicago
      Zaza Pachulia played just six minutes on Monday against the Bulls.

      Advice: Pachulia missed all three of his shots and had just one rebound and one assist to his credit. Yes, the Bucks found themselves in a blowout loss against a vastly superior team, but Pachulia's already teetering deep league value took a major blow tonight. Rotoworld.com
      Feb 23, 7:42 pm
    • Luc Mbah a Moute plays 30 minutes
      Luc Mbah a Moute returned to action on Monday with seven points, five rebounds, two assists, one block and one 3-pointer.

      Advice: He missed Sunday for personal reasons and was right back to his normal playing time. Besides that DNP, Mbah a Moute hasn't missed a game due to injury since Jan. 21. He has respectable averages in his previous February games, averaging 12.8 points, 7.3 boards, 2.0 assists, 0.5 steals and 1.5 treys. He's worth a look in competitive standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Feb 23, 7:41 pm
    • Lou Williams will play on Monday night
      Lou Williams (ankle) will play against the Pelicans on Monday.

      Advice: He missed Saturday due to swelling in his ankle. Williams was on fire before his ankle injury, scoring 26 points on Friday. His fantasy owners can plug him back in. It'll be interesting to see if Terrence Ross gets any minutes at all tonight. Rotoworld.com
      Feb 23, 3:45 pm
    • Ersan Ilyasova to start, Jared Dudley benched
      Ersan Ilyasova will start at power forward against the Bulls on Monday and Jared Dudley will come off the bench.

      Advice: Chances are this is a matchup-based move for the Bucks. Ilyasova has not played more more than 18 minutes in any game this month and averaged only 5.2 points, 1.8 boards and 0.2 blocks in that span. He can be left on the wire in most leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Feb 23, 3:39 pm
    • Terrence Jones will start next to Motiejunas
      Terrence Jones will start against the Wolves on Monday.

      Advice: Based on how awesome he was on Saturday, this is not a surprise whatsoever. Jones has been playing minutes in the upper 20s since his return last week and he's certainly capable of guarding guys on the low block. He has huge upside and should be owned in all standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Feb 23, 3:33 pm
    • Luc Mbah a Moute will play on Monday
      Luc Mbah a Moute (personal) will play against the Heat on Monday.

      Advice: He missed Sunday due to personal reasons. Mbah a Moute was coming off a 16-point, 10-board game on Friday and should get minutes over 30 tonight. He's someone to consider in DFS tonight. Rotoworld.com
      Feb 23, 3:14 pm
    • Nick Johnson back up on Monday
      Nick Johnson has been recalled to join the Rockets.

      Advice: Pat Beverley (illness) is questionable, so the Rockets are just taking an extra precaution here. If Beverley is out, we should see more Jason Terry and Pablo Prigioni. Johnson is not worth owning in most leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Feb 23, 2:11 pm
    • Jeremy Lin scores 25 points in Lakers' OT win
      The Lakers stole an overtime win vs. the Celtics on Sunday behind Jeremy Lin, who scored 25 points and handed out six assists in just 30 minutes off the bench.

      Advice: Lin didn't play during the first quarter and seemed headed for another lousy night, but he caught fire as the game went on and was the difference-maker in L.A.'s comeback victory. The Lakers have won two of their past 18 games and they're headed nowhere this season, which is another reason to distrust Lin's ROS value, but he's at least worth stashing on your bench in deeper leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Feb 22, 9:56 pm
       
      Player Note
      Jeremy Lin LAL - PG,SG
    • Arron Afflalo quiet in Trail Blazers debut
      Arron Afflalo made his Trail Blazers debut on Sunday with eight points, four rebounds, two assists and one steal in 24 minutes off the bench.

      Advice: Afflalo hit one 3-pointer and he'll add some much-needed punch to the Blazers' second unit, but the trade to Portland spoils his fantasy value as long as Nicolas Batum and Wesley Matthews are healthy. Afflalo doesn't get many boards and assists, and he's even worse in defensive stats, so the 29-year-old veteran belongs on the waiver wire in most standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Feb 22, 9:17 pm
    • Wesley Matthews shoots 0-of-7 in loss to MEM
      Wesley Matthews struggled vs. the Grizzlies on Sunday, shooting 0-of-7 from the field and 4-of-4 from the FT line to finish with four points in Portland's home loss.

      Advice: Matthews is shooting 45.4 percent overall this season, which is impressive considering far more than half of his attempts come from downtown. He's averaging 16.3 points with career-highs in triples (3.0) and rebounds (3.6), and remains a steady top-60 option despite occasional duds like Sunday. Rotoworld.com
      Feb 22, 9:16 pm
       
      Injured
      W, 94-75 vs Dal
    • Dorell Wright logs 17 minutes w/ Aldridge out
      Dorell Wright took advantage of an expanded role in LaMarcus Aldridge's absence on Sunday, coming off the bench for nine points, five rebounds, one assist and one steal in 17 minutes.

      Advice: Wright made 4-of-9 shots while missing both of his 3-point attempts, and his marks his highest playing-time since Jan. 24. Aldridge is day-to-day with a sprained right thumb and Portland has too much depth to consider adding Wright in standard fantasy formats. Rotoworld.com
      Feb 22, 9:04 pm
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